Saturday, May 03, 2008

Time for quid pro quo with Cuba?

Last month, the communist government of Cuba lifted the ban on private ownership of cell phones, and now has done the same for home computers. Consumers still can't get access to the Internet, and while the Cuban government claims it's because the US trade embargo prevents them from plugging into undersea fiber connections, it remains to be seen whether the government will allow connections to Venezuela's network once they're extended to Cuba.

The question now is whether the US should start incrementally relaxing restrictions on trade with Cuba as a quid pro quo to Cuba's baby steps. I'm thinking yes...starting with permitting Cuban cigar exports to the US.

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